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A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

A Thousand Never Evers

by Shana Burg

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so a negro girl named delilah (or dibrilajar or kgjhkdhgaljh, i could never understand what her name was.) becomes unemployed because her employer has died. she recieves a tv set in the will but, it gets broken by "some white folks"
she has enough truble with that her brother goes missing! And her house burns down! And her uncle gets sent to jail for something he didnt do! so toget him out of jail her brother 9who is still "missing" really just hiding) goes al the way to the nearest town (like 50,000,000 miles away) to hire a lawyer then he dont have enough money so he gets a job to ay the lawyer and after like 2 years of being jailed for a crime they didnt commit (yes thats an A-team joke) he finally gets released!!! ugh toooooooooooo long his jail sentence was almost over might as well have waited it out and saved a lot of money! ( )
  JesseS.B1 | Dec 9, 2013 |
real events from the civil rights movement are intertwined with the story of Addie and her family great voice great story
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  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
"The Supreme Court passed a law that violates our state's right to educate the children of Mississippi as we see fit... Fortunately, I'm in charge of the schools in Kuckachoo, so I'm just not gonna follow that law. Integration here? That ain't nothin' but a thousand never evers!"This is a story of the Civil Rights Movement in the South, told through the eyes of Addie Ann Pickett. Addie Ann learns of the murder of Medgar Evers from her beloved older brother Elias, and shortly after that, he knocks out a white boy who is abusing Addie Ann's cat and must disappear to avoid the lynch mob. Addie Ann and her Uncle Bump work for Mr. Adams, who dies and leaves his home and six acre garden to the entire town for the use of ALL of its citizens, black or white, but that information is kept secret by the town fathers who want to prevent blacks from using the place. The gift to the town sets off a chain of events leading up to Bump's arrest and trial for destruction of property, and Addie Ann must decide whether to break her mother's cardinal rule: "Never tell white folks what they don't want to hear." This is fantastic historical fiction with an amazing ending -- a story of strength, courage, and the price of dignity. Everyone should read this. 6th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
a very good book about segregation and how the blacks dealt with it and all that they had to put up with to get where they are now. ( )
  skyball984 | Oct 20, 2009 |
A Thousand Never Evers is the story of Addie, growing up in rural Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Admidst the backdrop of some of the most memorable events in the early Civil Rights movement, Maddie and her family deal with racism on a small town level. This novel opens with a "Note to the Readers" written by the author, Shana Burg. She writes about the prejudice she experienced as a young girl - a boy drawing a swastika on her notebook in 7th grade, and then goes on to relate her feelings about that to her interest in the Civil Rights movement. This seems like a message to the reader: you can't understand this book unless you've been through some form of prejudice yourself. For a children's book aimed at 9-12 year olds, this might not be the right message. Most striking, however, is the contrast between Burg's experience as a 7th grader and the troubles that Addie encounters -- one some level Burg is attempting to equate when she ought not -- these experiences are not in the same ballpark.Furthermore, Addie's voice just isn't right. The narration (all supposed to be Addie) swings from sounding like a 30 year old Ivy League educated adult to a young naive girl. Most frustrating though is the dialect - if you are going to use dialect you need to be consistent about it.I would recommend "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" instead -- same time period - much less contrived. ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385734700, Hardcover)

A Thousand Never Evers, a debut novel by Shana Burg, creates a convincing portrait of the South during the Civil Rights Movement. The book follows a year in the life of Addie Ann Pickett, a girl on the verge of her early teens in Kuckapoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie Ann goes through some of the biggest changes of her young life just as the whole world around her is changing. On the one hand, she's an ordinary girl: she babysits, she enjoys school, and has crushes. On the other hand, everything Addie Ann knows about her world is crashing down as she begins to understand more about what is really going on (in her family and in her town), her place in history as she forms her own opinions and takes personal action. Addie Ann's voice is convincing and compelling, and her story provides an important perspective on the impact of tremendous social changes occurring in the South during the early 1960s.

Author Shana Burg's father was a civil rights attorney, and she grew up hearing stories about Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, and the March on Washington. Mining those stories, as well as conducting a fair amount of research and drawing upon her experiences as a teacher, paid off. Addie Ann is a courageous and memorable character--one with whom younger readers should be able identify. Her experiences can truly give readers a sense of what it might have felt like to live in those historic times. (Ages 9-12) --Heidi Broadhead

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As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.… (more)

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